MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HELD JANUARY 8, 1996



The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a regular meeting on January 8, 1996, at 9:00 a.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room at the Courthouse in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:



Wilbur Bush, Chairman

V. C. Cannon

Jimmie Sheffield

Sue B. Suggs

Fred Wilkerson



Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Ron McQueen, Emergency Management/County Coordinator, Sherree Pitzarell & Sam Ferguson, Deputy Clerks, David Brittin, EMS Director, Jim Cooper, Chief Deputy Sheriff, Dick Edwards, CPC, Lamar Hines, A. L. Cox, Janie Cox, Joe Blanchard, and Mike Avery, county residents.



Chairman Bush called for a motion for nominations for chairman and vice-chairman. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioners Sheffield, to retain the current chairman and vice-chairman for another year. The motion carried unanimously.



Commissioner Suggs made a motion to approve the minutes dated October 2nd, 3rd, 10th, & 13th. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.



Following review, Commissioner Cannon made a motion to approve the bills. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.



Attorney's Report:



Mr. Burt stated that he has received a response to his letter sent to John Landers, regarding road maintenance at Santa Fe Landing. According to Mr. Landers response, the roads in the subdivision were in good repair in October 1994 and he does not intend to upgrade them to county standards. Mr. Burt stated that the county has the following options: accept the roads and maintain them, do nothing at all, or take Mr. Landers to civil court. Commissioner Sheffield stated that there are similar subdivisions in the county where the 5 year period of time has expired and the roads were never brought up to county specs. Mr. Burt stated that he will find out who owns property in Santa Fe Landing and notify them of the current status.



Mr. Burt reported that he received a response from Arthur Ratcliffe regarding the donation of the Rock Bluff Springs property. According to Mr. Ratcliffe, he has never indicated an interest in donating the property to the county.



Mr. Burt stated that Dick Terintino bought all the lots in the Bell Forest Subdivision, except lot 6, which he is trying to acquire. This property is located near the rock pit and the county agreed that the developer did not have to improve the road since the county's rock trucks frequently travel the road to the rock pit. On the plat, there was a dedication of 30 feet to the county on the north edge of the subdivision. Mr. Terintino wants to erect a fence up to the road, or where ever the county designates. Mr. Terintino indicated that he would be willing to remove the fence should the county ever need the additional footage. The Board agreed that Mr. Terintino may place his fence no closer than 10 feet from the edge of the road, and suggested that Mr. Burt get something in writing from Mr. Terintino acknowledging that his fence is on county right-of-way.



Mr. Burt reported that Alachua County is willing to serve two collection sites for hazardous waste in Gilchrist County. A tentative date of March 9th has been set for the collection day. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the interlocal agreement. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Burt presented a resolution for the Board's consideration which would extend the application period for hunting camp classification in regards to special assessments. Mr. Burt explained that the deadline to apply for such classification would be extended until March 31, 1996 for the first year only. Each year thereafter the deadline will be the 31st of December. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to adopt the resolution. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.



RESOLUTION 96-01



A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, EXTENDING THE TIME FOR

APPLICATION FOR HUNTING CLASSIFICATION; APPROVING AN

EFFECTIVE DATE.



WHEREAS. the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, has enacted Ordinance #94-08, which authorizes the imposition of service assessments for solid waste collection and disposal as well as service assessments for emergency medical services against certain accessible property located within the incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county; and



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County adopted Resolution $95-87, on December 4, 1995; and



WHEREAS Resolution 95-87 provided a deadline for applying for hunting camp exemption through December 31, 1995; and



WHEREAS, the Board believes that there was not reasonable notice for applications for the initial year of this new classification;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida as follows:



1. The time for applying for the exemption on those hunting camp properties for the year 1995 shall be, and is hereby extended from December 31, 1995 to March 31, 1996. This extension of time shall apply only for the special assessments for the year 1995.



2. Effective date of this Resolution shall be the date of enactment.



ENACTED this 8th day of January, 1996 in regular session of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Mr. Burt spoke to the Board about the EMS departments efforts to unionize. The Public Employees Relations Committee wants to set a hearing in February. The EMS department has elected the following officers: J. C. Lawson, president, Danny Davis, vice-president, and Deborah Jones, secretary. Every full time employee in the department will be able to vote except for Mr. Brittin. At this time, it is not clear whether part-time employees will be able to participate.



Clerk's Report:



Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to approve journal entries 1030-1038, along with budget entry 9641. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron reported that the fire committee met for the first time, and the city of Trenton appointed Duke Lang, George McMath, and James Branning. The committee also includes Chairman Bush, Mr. McQueen, Mr. Brideson, Mr. Barron, Mr. Ferguson, and the fire chiefs. The next meeting has been set for January 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom.



Mr. Ferguson presented information for the Board's consideration regarding buildings for three satellite fire stations. The buildings are constructed of steel, 30 x 40, and are quonset hut type structures. The Board agreed that since North Gilchrist Volunteer Fire Department does not have an enclosed building, there may be a need for four buildings. Mr. Ferguson stated that the lowest quote he has received is $7980 for the building, plus $1800 for set up. In addition, a concrete slab will be needed to place the building. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to advertise for sealed bids for four buildings, due back by March 1st. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron reported that approximately $40,000 has been spent on the jail roof project, and more will be needed. The roof vents and the steel door have not been purchased. Mr. Barron suggested the Board evaluate the building before spending much more money. He reminded the Board that both Dixie and Levy counties have new facilities that are larger than they need; they may be willing to contract with Gilchrist County at a lower rate than it cost to maintain and operate our jail facility. If that is the case, the difference could be put into a sinking fund for future capital needs, i.e. new jail construction.



Commissioner Sheffield asked about the federal inmates being removed from our facility. Mr. Barron stated that he has not been contacted by anyone from the Sheriff's Department about the status of housing federal inmates. He reminded the Board that $100,000 has been budgeted in the general fund revenues, which may not materialize.



Chairman Bush stated that the Board needs to hold budget workshops earlier in the year, suggesting sometime in the month of March. The Chair asked Mr. Burt to do an analysis on franchise fees vs. special assessments as possible funding for fire protection services.



Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about the microwave tower storage room. According to Mr. Barron, the building currently contains over 200 storage boxes, as well as various surplus equipment and property. Most of the equipment is no good except for scrap metal salvage. There are also items stored in the old medical center building that needs to be disposed. Mr. Barron added that the building needs some modifications and repairs. He would like to have a room divider so that his storage area could be separate from the rest of the building. The Board advised Mr. Barron to have the building repaired as needed and they will set a date for an auction afterwards.



CDBG Report:



Mr. Dick Edwards, CDBG grant consultant, spoke to the Board about the need to amend the CDBG contract, if the Board desires to replace homes identified as "beyond repair". According to Mr. Edwards, twelve homes have been thus identified, out of a total of 40 applicants. Replacements can not be made until after the contract has been identified. Mr. Edwards submitted a list of nine homes that have been inspected and are ready for bid. Following discussion, Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the bidding of the following homes: Alva Cox, Jessie White, Karen Conner, Ronald Martin, Joe Langford, C. T. Lott, Geneva Lovett, Daphine Jenkins, and Reva Barker. The motion carried unanimously.



Following discussion, Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to amend the CDBG contract to allow for the replacement of ten homes, identified as "beyond repair". The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about the temporary position he has in his office to process CDBG applications. According to Mr. McQueen, the position was authorized for three months, however, since there were so many holidays during that period of time, there are actually 72.8 hours that were not utilized. Mr. McQueen asked the Board to authorize the position until March 1st, indicating that the funding for the position could continue to be paid from the CDBG administrative funds. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion to extend the position until March 1st. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.



The Board recessed for lunch at 12:15 p.m. and reconvened at 1:20 p.m.



Attorney's Report (cont.):



Mr. Burt distributed a letter from Bart Bibler, P.E., regarding Florida Water Dialogue. According to Mr. Bibler, the Florida Advisory Council on Environmental Education has granted tentative approval to fund a Florida Water Dialogue. Mr. Bibler's letter was addressed to all county commissioners or administrators, requesting the county respond by January 8th if they are interested in participating. The Board advised Mr. Burt that they have not received any information regarding the Florida Water Dialogue prior to today, however, they would like to be involved.



Emergency Management/County Coordinator's Report:



Mr. McQueen stated that he spoke to Danny Hales about the library plaque, which names the library building incorrectly. According to Mr. Hales, he faxed the information to Commissioner Suggs prior to placing the order. Commissioner Suggs stated that she did not receive a fax. Mr. Ferguson received an estimate for the repair of the plaque for $250. Commissioner Sheffield stated that he is opposed to paying for the plaque because there was no purchase order issued. Mr. Burt suggested that the Board pay for the plaque and the Suwannee River Regional Library system pay for the repair. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion to pay for the plaque and request that SRRLS pay for the repair. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson. Commissioners Cannon and Bush voted in favor of the motion, with Commissioner Sheffield voting in opposition. The motion carried.



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about a new program offered by the Trenton Medical Center. The Preferred Employer Program allows participants to access the services at the Trenton Medical Center with little or no waiting. The program is designed to get people back to work as soon as possible.



Mr. McQueen presented a request from the Trenton Medical Center asking for a letter of support from the Board for their efforts to secure grant funds. Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to authorize Mr. McQueen to send a letter of support to the TMC. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. McQueen spoke to the Board about a recent permit denial to move a mobile home onto property zoned A-2. The property complies with the subdivision ordinance, however, there are only two acres involved and A-2 zoning requires five acres. The property is located just past the Hitching Post on SR 26. Mr. Burt stated that since a search was performed on the parcel, the comprehensive plan has been adopted, stating that if the property was an existing parcel when the plan was adopted, it is in effect grandfathered in. Mr. Burt recommends approval of issuance of a permit. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to approve the issuance of a mobile home permit. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about the section 125 program provided by Liberty National. According to Mr. Barron, Liberty National has not met the terms of their contract, and he recommends that the program be discontinued or started completely over again. The contract states that the program must be offered to each employee, and that a copy of their acceptance or refusal be provided to the personnel office. In addition, the deduction amounts are incorrect, and several employees have received letters from Liberty National stating that their coverage is being cancelled. The Board directed Mr. Burt to send a letter to Liberty National advising them to correct the problems or cancel participation in the program. The Board also asked that a copy of the letter be sent to participating employees.



Mr. Joyner reported that the rock being mined from the Townsend pit passed the DOT grade specifications. Mr. Joyner stated that before they can dig anymore rock from the pit, it will need to be blasted. The lowest estimate he has received to blast 80 holes is $11,000. Mr. Burt reminded the Board that anything over $10,000 must be bid, according to their policy. Following discussion, Commissioner Cannon made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to direct Mr. Joyner to define an area where 40 holes can be blasted. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Joyner reported that Keith Rehberg has submitted his resignation and the position is being advertised. It is his understanding that Mr. Rehberg intends to re-apply for the position.



Clerk's Report (cont.):



Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about their monthly mileage reimbursement. Each year the Board decides the fair amount of mileage reimbursement for in-county travel for the commissioners. For the last several years, the commissioners have received $125 per month, plus an additional $50 per month for the chairman. The state mileage reimbursement rate has increased to .29 cents per mile. The Board unanimously agreed, upon motion from Commissioner Sheffield, which was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to adopt the .29 cents per mile reimbursement rate, and keep the monthly reimbursement rate of $125 per commissioner and $175 for the chairman.



Marvin Weaver- County Extension Agent:



Mr. Weaver spoke to the Board about the scales in Bell, which belong to the Board. According to Mr. Weaver, the scales are in need of repair. It has been several years since they required repairs, however, at the time, it was very expensive. Mr. Weaver added that he has a received a request to purchase the scales. Mr. Barron stated that he believes the county purchased and installed the scales in the 60's on county owned property. The Board asked Mr. Burt to provide information to the Board at their next meeting regarding the exact location of the scales.



Code Enforcement Board:



Mr. McQueen announced that there are currently three vacancies on the Code Enforcement Board, due to the resignations of Jim Christie, Ken Frey, and Jim Dwyer. The vacancies were advertised in the local paper and he has received letters of interest and/or resumes from Lawson Vest, Jared Cannon, John Elton, Randolph Wiggins, and Jack Scheal. The Board asked Mr. McQueen to contact those people and ask them to attend the next meeting.



Attorney's Report (cont.):



Mr. Burt reported that he made some calls during lunch and was advised that the Florida Water Dialogue failed to receive funding. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to authorize Mr. Burt to send a letter to Mr. Bibler advising him that the county is interested in the topic and should there ever be a public education on water issues type meeting or forum to please notify Gilchrist County.



Public Hearing- Land Development Regulations Amendment 95-2:



Mr. Burt spoke to the Board about LDR amendment 95-2, which has been approved by the Zoning Board. The property involved is owned by Billy Michael Beltz. Mr. Beltz would like to amend the Official Zoning Atlas of the County's LDR's by changing the zoning district on certain lands from Agricultural-2 to Commercial/Neighborhood. The Planning Council has performed a concurrency assessment which appears to be satisfactory. The owner wants to construct a beauty salon. Following discussion, Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to amend the Land Development Regulations, by ordinance. The motion carried unanimously.



ORDINANCE 96-01



AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 93-04, AS AMENDED;

RELATING TO THE REZONING OF LESS THAN TEN (10) CONTIGUOUS

ACRES OF LAND, PURSUANT TO AN APPLICATION BY THE PROPERTY

OWNER OF SAID ACREAGE; TO AMEND THE OFFICIAL ZONING ATLAS

OF THE GILCHRIST COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS;

PROVIDING FOR REZONING FROM AGRICULTURAL-2 (A-2) TO COM-

MERCIAL NEIGHBORHOOD (CN) OF CERTAIN LANDS WITHIN THE UN-

INCORPORATED AREA OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROVIDING

SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; AND

PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.



WHEREAS, Section 125.01, Florida Statutes, empowers the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, hereinafter referred to as the Board of County Commissioners, to prepare, adopt and enforce Land Development Regulations.



WHEREAS, Sections 163.3161 to 163.3215, Florida Statutes, requires the Board of County Commissioners to prepare and adopt regulations concerning the use of land and water to implement the County's Comprehensive Plan;



WHEREAS, an application, LDR 95-2, for an amendment, as described below, to Ordinance No. 93-04, as amended, entitled the Gilchrist County Land Development Regulations, hereinafter referred to as the County's Land Development Regulations, concerning an amendment to the Official Zoning Atlas of said regulations has been filed with the County;



WHEREAS, the Planning and Zoning Board of Gilchrist County, Florida, hereinafter referred to as the Planning and Zoning Board, has been designated as the Local Planning Agency of Gilchrist County, Florida, hereinafter referred to as the Local Planning Agency;



WHEREAS, pursuant to the Section 163.3174, Florida Statutes, and the County's Land Development Regulations, the Planning and Zoning Board, serving also as the Local Planning Agency, held the required public hearing, with public notice having been provided, on said application for an amendment, as described below, to the Official Zoning Atlas of the County's Land Development Regulations and at said public hearing, the Planning and Zoning Board, serving also as the Local Planning Agency, reviewed and considered all comments received during said public hearing and the Concurrency Management Analysis Report concerning said application for an amendment, as described below, to the Official Zoning Atlas of the County's land Development Regulations and recommended to the Board of County Commissioners approval of said application for amendment, as described below, to the Official Zoning Atlas of the County's Land Development Regulations;



WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 125.66, Florida Statutes, the Board of County Commissioners, held the required public hearing, with public notice having been provided, on said application for an amendment, as described below, to the Official Zoning Atlas of the County's Land Development Regulations and at said public hearing, the Board of County Commissioners reviewed and considered all comments received during said public hearing, including the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board, serving also as the Local Planning Agency, and the Concurrency Management Analysis Report concerning said application for an amendment, as described below, to the Official Zoning Atlas of the County's Land Development Regulations; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has determined and found that approval of said application for an amendment, as described below, to the Official Zoning Atlas of the County's Land Development Regulations; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has determined and found that approval of said application for an amendment, as described below, to the Official Zoning Atlas of the County's Land Development Regulations, would promote the public health, safety, morals, order, comfort, convenience, appearance, prosperity or general welfare;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, THAT:



Section 1. Pursuant to an application, LDR 95-2, by Billy Michael Beltz, to amend the Official Zoning Atlas of the County's Land Development Regulations by changing the zoning district on certain lands within the unincorporated areas of Gilchrist County, Florida, the zoning district of the following described property is hereby changed from AGRICULTURAL-2 (A-2) to COMMERCIAL, NEIGHBORHOOD (CN):



A parcel of land lying within Section 10, Township 10

South, Range 16 East, Gilchrist County, Florida. Being

more particularly described as follows: Commence at

the Northeast corner of said Section 10; thence run

West a distance of 33.00 feet; thence run South 00 de-

grees 01'55" East 467.42 feet to the Northerly right-

of-way line of State Road 26; thence run South 73 de-

grees 47'39" West 640.59 feet along the Northerly right-

of-way line of State Road 26 for the Point of Beginning;

thence continue South 73 degrees 47'39" West 148.47 feet;

thence run North 09 degrees 59'49" West 272.23 feet;

thence run North 72 degrees 03'17" East 132.76 feet; thence

run South 13 degrees 21'29" East 275.00 feet to the Point

of Beginning. Containing 0.88 acre, more or less.



Section 2. Severability. If any provision of portion of this Ordinance is declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be void, unconstitutional or unenforceable, then all remaining provisions and portions of this Ordinance shall remain in full force and effect.



Section 3. Conflict. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are, to the extent of such conflict, hereby repealed.



Section 4. Effective Date. Pursuant to Section 125.66, Florida Statutes, a certified copy of this Ordinance shall be filed with the Department State by the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners within ten (10) days after enactment by the Board of County Commissioners. This Ordinance shall become effective upon filing of the Ordinance with the Department of State.



Section 5. Authority. This Ordinance is adopted pursuant to the authority granted by Section 125.01, Florida Statutes, and Sections 163.3161 through 163.3215, Florida Statutes.



PASSED AND DULY ADOPTED, with a quorum present and voting, by the Board of County Commissioners in regular session this 8th day of January, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Mr. Burt spoke to the Board about proposed LDR amendment 95-03, which has also been approved by the Zoning Board. According to Mr. Burt, this amendment would reduce the number of days required for public notices from fifteen (15) to ten (10). Following discussion, Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion to amend the Land Development Regulations, by ordinance. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Suggs, and unanimously approved.



ORDINANCE NO. 96-02



AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 93.04, AS AMENDED;

ENTITLED THE GILCHRIST COUNTY LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULA-

TIONS BY AMENDING SECTION 13.4, ENTITLED NOTICE OF HEAR-

ING; PROVIDING SEVERABILITY; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN

CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.



WHEREAS, Section 125.01, Florida Statutes, empowers the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County, Florida, hereinafter referred to as the Board of County Commissioners to prepare, adopt and enforce Land Development Regulations;



WHEREAS, Section 163.3161 through 163.3215, Florida Statutes, requires the Board of County Commissioners to prepare and adopt regulations concerning the use of land and water to implement the County's Comprehensive Plan;



WHEREAS, an application, LDR 95-3, for an amendment, as described below, to Ordinance No. 93-04, as amended, entitled the Gilchrist County Land Development Regulations, hereinafter referred to as the County's Land Development Regulations, concerning an amendment to the text of said regulations has been filed with the County;



WHEREAS, the Planning and Zoning Board of Gilchrist County, Florida, hereinafter referred to as the Planning and Zoning Board, has been designated as the Local Planning Agency of Gilchrist County, Florida, hereinafter referred to as the Local Planning Agency;



WHEREAS, pursuant to the Section 163.3174, Florida Statutes, and the County's land Development Regulations, the Planning and Zoning Board, serving also as the Local Planning Agency, held the required public hearing, with public notice having been provided, on said application for an amendment, as described below, to the text of the County's Land Development Regulations and at said public hearing, the Planning and Zoning Board, serving also as the Local Planning Agency, reviewed and considered all comments received during said public hearing concerning said application for an amendment, as described below, to the text of the County's Land Development Regulations and recommended to the Board of County Commissioners approval of said application for amendment, as described below, to the text of the County's Land Development Regulations;



WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 125.66, Florida Statutes, the Board of County Commissioners held the required public hearing, with public notice having been provided, on said application for an amendment, as described below, to the text of the County's Land Development Regulations and at said public hearing, the Board of County Commissioners reviewed and considered all comments received during said public hearing, including the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Board, serving also as the Local Planning Agency, concerning said application for amendment, as described below, to the text of the County's Land Development Regulations;



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has determined and found that a need and justification exists for the approval of said application for an amendment, as described below, to the text of the County's Land Development Regulations;



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has determined and found that approval of said application for an amendment, as described below, to the text of the County's Land Development Regulations, will further the purposes of the County's Land Development Regulations and other ordinances, regulations, and actions designed to implement the County's Comprehensive Plan; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has determined and found that approval of said application for an amendment, as described below, to the text of the County's Land Development Regulations, will further the purposes of the County's Land Development Regulations and other ordinances, regulations, and actions designed to implement the County's Comprehensive Plan; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has determined and found that approval of said application for an amendment, as described below, to the text of the County's Land Development Regulations, would promote the public health, safety, morals, order, comfort, convenience, appearance, prosperity or general welfare;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA, as follows:



Section 1. Pursuant to an application, LDR 95-3, by the Board of County Commissioners to amend the text of the County's Land Development Regulations by amending Section 13.4, entitled Notice of Hearing, Section 13.4 of the County's Land Development Regulations, is hereby amended to read as follows:



13.4.1 The Land Development Regulation Administrator shall give notice of any public hearing required

by Section 13.2 and 13.3 as follows:



1. An application requiring a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Board or

Board of Adjustment shall be noticed once

in a newspaper of general circulation in

the area with the publication at least ten

(10) days prior to the hearing.



2. A special permit requiring a public hearing

before the Board of County Commissioners

shall be noticed once in a newspaper of

general circulation in the area with the

publication at least ten (10) days prior to

the hearing.



3. An amendment to these land development re-

gulations, including the Official Zoning

Atlas, requiring a public hearing before the

Board of County Commissioners shall be

noticed in accordance with the requirements

of Chapter 125.66, Florida Statutes.



4. In addition to the above stated notice requirements, all rezoning, special excep-

tion and variance public hearings before

the Planning and Zoning Board and Board of

Adjustment, as applicable, shall also be

noticed by prominently posting a sign

clearly visible to the public on the pro-

perty that is the subject of the proposed

action. Such sign shall be posted not less

than ten (10) days prior to the public

hearing.



The notices required by this Section shall:

(a) state the date, time and place of the

public hearing; (b) reasonably identify the

property that is the subject of the appli-

cation or appeal; (c) give a brief descrip-

tion of the action requested or proposed;

(d) state the place where a copy of the

proposed action may be inspected by the

public, and (e) advise that interested

parties may appear at the public hearing(s)

and be heard regarding the proposed action.



Section 2. Severability. If any provision or portion of this Ordinance is declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be void, unconstitutional or unenforceable, then all remaining provisions and portions of this Ordinance shall remain in full force and effect.



Section 3. Conflict. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are, to the extent of such conflict, hereby repealed.



Section 4. Effective Date. Pursuant to Section 125.66, Florida Statutes, a certified copy of this Ordinance shall be filed with the Department of State by the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners within ten (10) days after enactment by the Board of County Commissioners. This Ordinance shall become effective upon filing of the Ordinance with the Department of State.



Section 5. Authority. This Ordinance is adopted pursuant to the authority granted by Section 125.01, Florida Statutes, and Sections 163.3161 through 163.3215, Florida Statutes.



PASSED AND DULY ADOPTED in regular session with a quorum present and voting, by the Board of County Commissioners, this 8th day of January, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush, Chairman



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Road Department:



Commissioner Sheffield spoke to Mr. McQueen about the possibility of Delton Sanders working part-time for the county, until he retires. Mr. McQueen stated that it is his understanding that Leamon Wells is also interested in working part time and it may be that they could grade the same district and divide the work week in half between the two men.



County Jail:



Chief Deputy Jim Cooper reported that the jail is no longer housing federal inmates. FDLE is currently performing an investigation of the Sheriff's department and the results have not been officially released. Chief Cooper is currently looking at the possibility of housing inmates at the Dixie County jail. If the county housed inmates in another county's facility, about 6 or 7 people would be laid off. Chief Cooper stated he would provide the Board with a cost comparison of housing inmates in our facility vs. housing inmates in another county, at the next Board meeting.



David Brittin- EMS:



Mr. Brittin spoke to the Board about a problem which affects his staff in regards to vacation accrual. A normal workweek for EMS is 60 hours (40 hours regular pay and 12 hours overtime); based on two and a half 24 hour shifts per week. When an employee takes a week off for vacation, he looses money because he does not receive the overtime he receives working his normal week. Mr. Burt advised the Board that because the EMS employees have filed a petition to unionize, it is his recommendation that the Board take no action at this time.



Mr. Brittin submitted a list of write-off's and reversals for the Board's consideration. Board members commented that they would like to know how much of the write-off total represents people with medicare and medicaid versus all others. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson, to approve the write-off's totalling $51,411.71 and the reversals totalling $41.05. The motion carried unanimously.



Clerk's Report (cont.):



Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about the need to transfer funds into repair & maintenance for the courthouse, and for repair & maintenance for other buildings. According to Mr. Barron, the recent repair of an air conditioning unit in the courthouse depleted the repair & maintenance funds. Commissioner Wilkerson made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to transfer $3000 from general fund reserve to courthouse repair & maintenance, and transfer $1000 from general fund reserve to other buildings repair & maintenance. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about a SHIP application which was approved nearly two years ago. Kathleen Melvin originally financed her home with Farmers & Merchants Bank with a total first mortgage of $37,100. She would now like to refinance the balance owed on the first mortgage with First Federal. The amount to be financed is $36,800. The county hold second mortgage and the county's position would not change, however, in order for Ms. Melvin to refinance with First Federal, she will need the county's approval; First Federal is prepared to pay off the first mortgage held by Farmers & Merchants Bank. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Suggs, to approve Ms. Melvin's request to refinance with First Federal. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron reported that he returned $31,000 in excess fees to the Board, which was put into the general fund reserve. He requests that the Board refund $21,000 in order for him to pay the maintenance cost on the new imaging system installed in his office. According to Mr. Barron, the maintenance agreement was a part of the contract he signed for the imaging system. The maintenance cost is $5962.50 per year, or $19,080 for four years. Paying for four years provides a savings of $4770 over the one year at a time cost. In addition to the four year maintenance plan, he owes $2500 for this past years maintenance. Mr. Barron stated that he overlooked the maintenance cost when he was preparing his budget for the current fiscal year, and was recently reminded by the vendor that the maintenance fees had not been paid. Commissioner Sheffield made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, to transfer $21,000 from general fund reserve to the Clerk of Courts budget. The motion carried unanimously.



Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about a risk control visit which occurred in November. There were several recommendations and the follow up letter indicated that if an active safety program is not implemented, the county's workers comp premium will be affected. Mr. McQueen stated that the Board needs to appoint a safety committee and adopt a safety program. He received some recommendations from our workers comp carrier, and has questions about whether an overall committee should be appointed or whether each department should have their own committee. Ms. Troyer pointed out that it was recommended that 90% of the committee members be employees, rather than department heads or supervisors. Mr. McQueen stated that he will check further on the structure of the committee and report back to the Board next month.



Mr. Burt spoke to the Board about Santa Fe Landing. According to Mr. Burt, all the lots in that subdivision have been sold except one, which is still titled to the developer, John Landers. Mr. Burt reviewed the Board's options regarding road maintenance for Santa Fe Landing: write to all the owners informing them that the county will not maintain the roads until the developer brings the roads up to the county's standards, the county could bring the roads up to county standards and bill Mr. Landers for the cost and if Mr. Landers refuses to pay, a judgement lien may be placed on the remaining lot, or simply do nothing. Chairman Bush asked Commissioner Sheffield to look at the roads and report back to the Board at the next meeting.



Mr. Barron reminded the Board that committee assignments need to be readdressed. Commissioner Cannon made a motion for each commissioner to continue their current committee assignments. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Sheffield and unanimously approved.



Public Hearing- Petition to Close Road:



A petition was filed by Mr. & Mrs. Earl Rogers and Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lindsey, to close a county road. The road is platted, however, it has never been used. Mr. Joe Wilson, developer of Country Side Subdivision, asked the Board to allow the road to remain open until he sells the last 10 acre tract. According to Mr. Wilson, the only thing left to do before filing a final plat on the subdivision is to finish construction of the roads. The road that petitioned for closure is not used by anyone, and is not necessarily needed to access the last 10 acre tract, however, until he sales that parcel, he does not know if the owner will want to use the road. Mr. Wilson added that when the roads are completed and the last parcel is sold, he will assist the Rogers and Lindseys in closing the road. After discussion with Mr. Board, the Board unanimously agreed to table the petition until it is re-noticed, upon motion from Commissioner Suggs, which was seconded by Commissioner Wilkerson. Mr. Burt added by tabling the petition, the petitioners need only to re-advertise in order to bring it back to the Board.



Clerk's Report (cont.):



Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about a budget amendment needed to amend general fund. Several months ago, the Board agreed to borrow money from the bank, establishing a $800,000 line of credit. Recently, a draw of $300,000 was received and deposited into the general revenue fund, however, the budget entry needs to be established in the general ledger, and considered unanticipated revenues. Commissioner Suggs made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Sheffield, to amend the general revenue fund, increasing it by $300,000.00, by resolution. The motion carried unanimously.



RESOLUTION 96-02



A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE GENERAL REVENUE FUND BUDGET

FOR FISCAL YEAR 1995-96.



WHEREAS, Chapter 129, Florida Statutes, sets forth the requirements for adoption of the annual county budget; and



WHEREAS, Gilchrist County did lawfully and appropriately adopt an annual county budget for the Gilchrist County General Revenue Fund for Fiscal Year 1995-96; and



WHEREAS, Chapter 129.06, Florida Statutes authorized amendments of the budget by resolution to lawfully expend unanticipated revenues; and



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners of Gilchrist County are in receipt of $300,000.00, which represents unanticipated revenues, in the form of a draw on a line of credit established at the Farmers & Merchants Bank;



NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners that the General Revenue Fund is hereby amended in an increased amount of $300,000.00.



RESOLVED this 8th day of January, 1996.



BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

GILCHRIST COUNTY, FLORIDA

/s/Wilbur Bush



ATTEST:

/s/Jackie R. Barron, Clerk



Mr. Barron spoke to the Board about special assessments and the need for better coordination and public assistance by all of the agencies involved in implementing these programs. Mr. Barron stated that this is a continuing problem that needs attention.



There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn at 5:30 p.m. was made by Commissioner Sheffield, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.



APPROVED:







WILBUR BUSH, CHAIRMAN



ATTEST:







JACKIE R. BARRON, CLERK